The Rom-Commers

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Pub Date 11 Jun 2024 | Archive Date 25 Jun 2024


Featuring beautiful spray-painted edges with vibrant designed endpapers.

The New York Times bestselling author Katherine Center's next laugh out loud, feel good rom-com about writing your own story.

She’s rewriting his love story. But can she rewrite her own?

Emma Wheeler desperately longs to be a screenwriter. She’s spent her life studying, obsessing over, and writing romantic comedies—good ones! That win contests! But she’s also been the sole caretaker for her kind-hearted dad, who needs full-time care. Now, when she gets a chance to re-write a script for famous screenwriter Charlie Yates—The Charlie Yates! Her personal writing god!—it’s a break too big to pass up.

Emma’s younger sister steps in for caretaking duties, and Emma moves to L.A. for six weeks for the writing gig of a lifetime. But what is it they say? Don’t meet your heroes? Charlie Yates doesn’t want to write with anyone—much less “a failed, nobody screenwriter.” Worse, the romantic comedy he’s written is so terrible it might actually bring on the apocalypse. Plus! He doesn’t even care about the script—it’s just a means to get a different one green-lit. Oh, and he thinks love is an emotional Ponzi scheme.

But Emma’s not going down without a fight. She will stand up for herself, and for rom-coms, and for love itself. She will convince him that love stories matter—even if she has to kiss him senseless to do it. But . . . what if that kiss is accidentally amazing? What if real life turns out to be so much . . . more real than fiction? What if the love story they’re writing breaks all Emma’s rules—and comes true?

Featuring beautiful spray-painted edges with vibrant designed endpapers.

The New York Times bestselling author Katherine Center's next laugh out loud, feel good rom-com about writing your own story.


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Each time a new Katherine Center book releases, I find myself completely giddy because I know I will absolutely love the story. Her newest book, The Rom-Commers, is about a very unlikely pair who team up to write a romantic comedy screenplay and they find themselves falling for one another along the way. It's a bit of a grumpy sunshine trope, and it alludes to romance, but it's all very closed door and clean. The story is brimming with heart and optimism, in spite of some pretty insurmountable obstacles the characters are facing throughout. I loved Emma and I loved Charlie. They brought out the very best in each other. If you are looking for a tender at times and laugh out loud humorous at others story, this is the one for you. Bravo, Katherine! You've done it again. And, I must say, I would love to see this in film format as well! Especially that diving board scene.

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Read this if you like:
•fantastic banter
•laughing out loud
•workplace romance
•opposites attract

This book was such a joy to read. I laughed, I teared up, I was swooning. Emma & Charlie are so great. Both of them have pasts that make them cautious for the future but oh my goodness this book was fun. Please preorder immediately!

Thank you SMP for eARC in exchange for an honest review.

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Rating: 5/5
Warnings: death of a parent, parent with an illness, cancer, divorce, caretaker fatigue
Steam: 1/5
Tropes: workplace, sudden roomie, grumpy/sunshine

Thank you to SMP Romance for this advanced copy in exchange for my honest opinion.

Can I say WOW any louder? Katherine Center always gets me majorly in my feels and this book was no exception. I can't wait to own this book!

Things I loved: This book not only made me laugh out loud and I even cried. The one-liners were hysterical. Charlie was a complete grump and Emma was pure sunshine. I love that the complimented each other well. There was so much growth in these characters. The guinea pig. The cooking and grocery shopping. All of their research dates for the script. all the grand gestures and truly the epilogue was perfect.

The only thing I don't love and the does feel like the book to me.

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I laughed. I cried. I felt it all. Katherine Center’s best book yet!!

Synopsis: When Emma Wheeler gets the opportunity to re-write a script for Charlie Yates, the screenwriter she has idolized for years, she knows she cannot pass on the opportunity. When they start working together, she quickly learns that the man working on a rom com doesn't believe in love or love stories, and the only way to fix this terrible scrip is to convince him otherwise.

What I loved:
-The humor! KC sprinkled in some of the best one-liners in this one
-The way parts of the story tugged on my heartstrings. It's rare for me to ever cry in a book, especially romance, but it happened in this one
-How Emma and Charlie were complete opposites. He was the grumpiest. She was full of sunshine. Yet they could not complement each other more perfectly.
-All the swoony scenes in the story that were "research" for the script
-The pet guinea pig!
-The double grand gesture at the end

And so much more!!

Thank you SMP for the ARC! Pub 6/11/24

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I can’t stop smiling after reading Katherine Center’s newest novel, The Rom-Commers. She has packed this book full of all the things I adore about a well written rom-com: plenty of witty banter and main characters who are adorably flawed and worthy of a happy ending. This book is lighthearted, fun, hopeful, and will make you believe in the power of love and the importance of chasing your dreams.

Emma Wheeler is a struggling screen writer who put her career - and life - on hold for the past ten years to care for her father after a tragic accident. When she has the opportunity to work with her idol, Charlie Yates, she can’t turn it down. Tasked with re-writing the awful script he’s written, Emma quickly realizes the biggest reason Charlie’s script is so bad is because he doesn’t believe in love or happy endings. What follows is a journey of discovery for both Emma and Charlie.

Katherine Center knows how to tug at a reader’s heartstrings. The Rom-Commers delivers on every level. I laughed, cried, and finished this book believing that dreams do come true. It gets all the ⭐️.

Thank you to NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press for the opportunity to read this ARC in exchange for my unbiased review.

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This was the perfect read to cure my winter blues! Every word resonated so deeply within my heart and soul. I laughed and I cried. Katherine Center is a pro at stirring up your emotions then turning around and making you laugh with tears in your eyes. I loved the complex relationship between Emma and Charlie and the beauty of getting to experience their rollercoaster journey at the same time. The messages in this book about love and overcoming fear and tragedy were relative and inspiring. It was an all-around, feel-good novel with a beautiful story and a cast of endearing characters that I already miss. I have loved all of Center's books, so it's hard to choose a favorite, but I think she may have outdone herself with this one. This is sure to be a 2024 favorite. I highly recommend it and all of her other books as well!

Thank you to the author, St. Martin's Press, and NetGalley for granting me early digital access in exchange for my honest review!

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I love Katherine Center so much at this point I would even read her grocery list. I was super excited to score an early copy of her latest novel, The Rom-Commers. In true Center fashion, this book was heartwarming and amazing! It addresses difficult topics in a sensitive and realistic way. I loved the three main characters and the chemistry between each of them. The story was laugh out loud funny. As always, I would highly recommend!

Thanks to Netgalley and St. Martin's Press for a digital ARC in exchange for my honest review.

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I'm unconditionally and irrevocably in love with well-made romcoms, and this one quickly became my favourite of all time.

I adored every aspect of this book—the characters, their relationship, the tension, and the banter. It's not only incredibly funny but also heartwarming, with just a touch of heartbreak.

This romcom is flawless, delivering everything I could ask for from this genre.

Thank you, NetGalley, for providing me with this ARC, I couldn't be more grateful.

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